UK Music Urges For Stronger Connections Between Them and The Govt Following Labour’s Victory

UK Music Urges For Stronger Connections Between Them and The Govt Following Labour's Victory
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As the dust settles after Labour’s victory and the new Prime Minister’s call for “change” resonates, the music industry has voiced its expectations. From employment reforms to protection against ‘ticket touting’, we delve into what sector leaders are urging the new government to address.

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Labour’s Victory: Starmer Leads Party to Historic General Election Triumph

In 2024, Keir Starmer helped the Labour Party rise from the ashes of their 2019 general election defeat. In many ways, Labour’s victory was historic. Not only did they obtain a significant 412 seats, but they saw their main opposition, the Conservatives, gather a mere 121.

The Liberal Democrats achieved their best result since 1923, winning 72 seats with a 12% share of the votes. Meanwhile, Reform UK, despite garnering 14% of the votes, secured only five seats, prompting renewed calls for electoral reform.

READ: Employment Law Changes To Look Out For Following Labour’s Election Win

Several factors contributed to the unique nature of the 2024 general election. A record number of MPs from minority ethnic backgrounds, female MPs, and those educated in state schools were elected, making this parliament one of the most diverse in its history.

Upon conceding defeat, Rishi Sunak recognised his successor’s achievement. Sunak said, “I wish him and his family well… He is a decent, public-spirited man, who I respect”.

In his acceptance speech, Keir Starmer echoed Sunak’s sentiment, noting, “His achievement as the first British Asian Prime Minister of our country, the extra effort that will have required should not be underestimated by anyone”.

Subsequently, he spoke of his immediate plans for change. He acknowledged the country’s demand for action and said the work would begin today (5 July 2024).

UK Music Industry Calls for Transformative Changes

Labour’s victory underscored the public’s demand for change, and several sectors have outlined their expectations. One calls for changes to the music industry, where numerous recommendations have been suggested to inspire growth and development.

Reshaping Employment in the UK Music Industry Following Labour’s Victory

UK Music’s chief executive, Tom Kiehl, highlighted a critical issue: the loss of 1,000 music teachers from secondary schools since 2012. This decline threatens the talent pipeline crucial to the industry’s future. Kiehl emphasised the need to recruit 6,500 new teachers, a promise made by the new Government, to ensure the development of young talent.

Additionally, Gee Davy, interim CEO and chief policy officer of the Association of Independent Music, stressed the importance of implementing creative tax reliefs for the music industry, similar to those in the film and gaming sectors. She also called for enhanced opportunities for small businesses through apprenticeships, which would bolster growth and innovation within the industry.

Music Industry Leaders Urge Labour to End Exploitative Practices in the Sector Following Labour's Victory

Elsewhere, Roberto Neri, CEO of The Ivors Academy, highlighted the necessity of eradicating exploitative practices within the music sector. Following Labour’s victory, he called on the new Government to provide well-being support for freelancers. He also insisted they must ensure fair treatment across the industry, advocating for a more equitable and sustainable working environment.

Broader Industry Demands

Employment isn’t the only area where the music industry seeks change, though. For example, John Rostron, CEO of the Association of Independent Festivals, called on Keir Starmer to reduce the VAT on festival ticket sales to 5%. He argued that this move would protect independent festivals from closure and foster growth in 2025.

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Then, there were the topics of shared interest among many in the music sector. Industry leaders also urged the new Government to:

  • Introduce a ticket resale cap to combat ‘ticket touting’ and protect fans from extortionate resale prices.
  • Enhance intellectual property protections.
  • Promote responsible AI development to safeguard the industry.

By addressing these critical areas—education, tax reliefs, small business support, fair treatment, and broader industry demands—the UK music industry aims to leverage Labour’s victory to drive meaningful change and secure a prosperous future for all involved.

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